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Sleep Apnea / Snoring

Obstructive Sleep Apnea

  

 Sleep apnea is a serious, potentially life-threatening condition. It is a breathing disorder characterized by repeated collapse of the upper airway during sleep, with consequent cessation of breathing. Virtually all sleep apnea patients have a history of loud snoring. They may also unknowingly  experience frequent arousals during the night, resulting in chronic daytime sleepiness or fatigue. The cardiovascular system is also adversely affected by sleep apnea.

 

Treatment Options

Behavioral measures may be the only treatment needed for patients with mild sleep apnea. (losing weight, eliminating evening alcohol and sedatives, and proper positioning.)

 

 NASAL CONTINUOUS POSITIVE AIRWAY PRESSURE

Continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) is the most effective noninvasive therapy for sleep apnea. To use CPAP, the patient must wear a sealed mask over the nose or, in some cases, over the nose and mouth during sleep. The mask is connected to a blower forcing air through the nasal passages. Patients are advised to see a sleep specialist in Kelowna.

Although very effective, CPAP may be difficult for some patients to use.

 

ORAL/DENTAL APPLIANCES

Oral or dental appliances may be an option for patients with mild-to-moderate sleep apnea as well as to correct snoring.

Following a prescription from your medical doctor for an oral appliance, we can provide a very comfortable, unobtrusive and effective appliance to eliminate snoring and treat mild to moderate sleep apnea.

Dr. Smith, himself, suffers from sleep apnea and has utilized both the most advanced Auto CPAPs & BIPAPs as well as oral appliances. Fortunately, in his profession, he has had access to multiple appliances and can give first hand account to their comfort and effectiveness. He has evaluated their effectiveness VS CPAP in personal sleep studies and has demonstrated the ORAL APPLIANCE he prescribes to be equally successfully effective to his CPAP.

Each individual patient should follow up their appliance with a sleep test ( oximeter ) to ensure its effectiveness. This may be arranged at the Respiratory Clinic at the Kelowna General Hospital through your doctor.

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